• Allegedly, the deceased had been romantically involved with one of the neighbours, sparking tensions among the residents.
In Nakuru, a 27-year-old man, Peter Njenga Muruga, was fatally stabbed by his lover in what appears to be a love triangle incident.
The tragic event occurred on Tuesday morning in the Mwariki area, involving a female tenant and her neighbour who succumbed to the injuries at the scene.
The lifeless body of Peter Njenga Muruga was discovered on a sofa set, surrounded by a pool of blood, exhibiting visible stab wounds on the left arm and eye, as reported by the police.
Allegedly, the deceased had been romantically involved with one of the neighbours, sparking tensions among the residents.
The suspected assailant was nowhere to be found at the crime scene, prompting a police investigation and an ongoing search for the woman. Authorities aim to determine the motive behind the murder.
Simultaneously, the police are probing four separate suicide cases reported on Monday, January 22, underscoring a concerning trend in the country.
The first case involved 40-year-old James Kiarie Gachiri, found hanging from the roof rafters in his house in Lari, Kiambu county. No suicide note was discovered.
In Githongo, Meru county, Phenious Koome Kirimi, aged 30, died by suicide, hanging himself with a manila rope in his house. Again, no suicide note was found.
In Londiani, Kericho county, 23-year-old Collins Kipngetich, a casual laborer, took his own life by throwing himself into a dam near a flower farm where he worked. The motive remains unknown.
Lastly, in Tambach, Elgeyo Marakwet’s Kiptilong location, Rodgers Kipchumba was found dead by suicide after escaping public arrest for engaging in an unnatural act with a cow. The bodies are currently in mortuaries pending investigations.
The alarming rise in suicide cases in Kenya, with up to two reported daily, is a growing concern for authorities.
The World Health Organization attributes such incidents to factors like joblessness, academic pressures, legal difficulties, financial struggles, bullying, substance misuse, and mental health issues like depression and bipolar disorder.
WHO underscores suicide as a significant global public health problem, ranking Kenya 114th among the 175 countries with the highest suicide rates.